“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:6-10
Really contemplating the reason Jesus died is amazing. He didn’t die because He had to. He died because He chose to. He laid down His life. In complete control the whole time. What astounding love. To go so far in order that we might be saved. To make a way for forgiveness, for grace. So that we could know the love of the Father, could be reconciled, without compromising His justice. Jesus came to make a way. He left His throne, setting aside His glory, for this purpose. Knowing all that would happen, everything He would endure, He came. He learned obedience through suffering, becoming our perfect help. Jesus showed compassion to sinners, those who had cast aside His law. He showed us the love of the Father, the forgiveness God wants to offer, in every action and with each word He spoke.
The infinite, holy God, the One by whom and for whom all things were created, died for our sake. When we were in the midst of our rebellion, stuck deep in the pit of destruction, consumed with ourselves and not remotely drawn to His glory, He died for us. So that we could know Him. So that our eyes would be opened to the glory and splendor of God. So that we would experience the surpassing joy of worshiping Him forever. Because He loves us and is the only One worthy of our worship.
This was planned before the foundation of the world. God wrote the story of our salvation before anything happened. A Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, that we would be saved and He would be glorified.